Notes for Charles Hamel: Historic summary: Loosely translated from Adrian Hamel's "Généalogie de la Famille Hamel, 1656-1950"
continued from François Hamel's notes:
The two brothers, Charles and Jean Hamel, disembarked together to Québec during the summer of 1656. " They were not iliterates; their signatures are firm and always accompanied by flourishes. (B.R.H. March 1933, p. 177).
Charles Hamel, son of François, was born about 1624, (census 1666). His first marriage, about 1651, was to Judith Auvray, who gave birth to Jean in 1652 in France. Presumably, Judith died since Charles contracted a second marriage June 19, 1656, at Saint-Jacquess de Diepe with Catherine Lemaistre who was born in 1623. To this marriage, Charles was born in 1659 in Canada. You will find a copy of an act of marriage of Charles Hamel, father, in 1656 at Dieppe in the B.R.H. NOV 1933, P. 698.
The first deed of act note of the Hamels is a contract of "lease of farm" granted to Jean Hamel, brother of Charles, by Jean Gloria, December 26, 656. (Z. Packet).
Charles Hamel, father, was well established in 1662, on the road from Saint-Michel to Saint-Foy, where he obtained from Father Jérôme Lallement, Jesuit, a concession of about sixty acres of woods. (Inventory of Charles, son, April 23, 1720).
The following year, February 24, 1663, 50 more acres are added at to the first. (Inventory, 1720).
Where are these concessions? One sees them clearly in the land register of 1685. (Hist. N.D. of Co - Foy, p. 394).
The Suéte Road that went from Saint-Foy to Champigny wound around several places through lands of Charles Hamel. (Suit, 3 July 1731, Notebooks of the big Voyerses).
The house "in framework of pieces on pièces" built by Charles, measuring "forty-four feet long by twenty feet wide" stood close to the King's path that went to Cap-Rouge. It was divided into three pieces or apartments, end to end; the last included two wardrobes in addition. (Z.Pacquet).
Here is a charitable gesture of Charles Hamel, the father, and his wife. They adopted the small François Fauquées, young orphan of seven years and half "to serve as a domestic" under the condition that they take care of him, nourish him, and keep him for nine years as their own child and and also, to give him Christian instruction, and to care for his health.". (Merchant-Hamel engagement, March 16, 1677 Greffe G. Rageot.).
Charles bought, November 25, 1676 from Noël Pinquet "land and dwelling of four (arpentses) "measures?" in front and twenty (arpentses) in depth" up to the Notre - Dame of Lorette Road (road Saint - Paul) for his second son, Charles.
At the same date, his eldest son, Jean, received a promissory note of a sum equal to "two hundred sixty (books tournaments?) livre tournois" (book of 20 coins). Graft G. Rageot. (Z. Packet).
On November 8, 1677, he rented access to, then bought from Pierre Cochereau two new adjacent measures. (Bail à ferme, Noël Pinquet à Charles Hamel) Graft G. Rageot.
The domain of Charles Hamel at Saint-Foy was then 6 measures in front by 30 in depth.
In the census of 1681 Charles possessed 20 arpentses under cultivation and 4 horned animals.
This valiant pioneer lived until September 6, 1711, the respectable àge of 90 years.
The death of Charles Hamel and Catherine Lemaistre was the death of the ancestors of numerous lines of Hamels in Canada.
The loss of some parochial registers in the beginning oblige us to give the date of the past marriage contract without documentation. As our ancestors were deeply Christian they were surely all married in the church.
First census of the colonie in 1666 reports Charles Hamel, 42, living with his wife Catherne Lemaistre, age 43 with son Jean 14 and son Charles, 7.
From the legal records of Québec: François Hamel, plowman who stayed in the parish of Avremesnil, (Normandy, France) e his/her/its name that that for Charles and Jean Hamel, brothers of says it François Hamel, staying and inhabitants of Quebec. Brothers and heirs of deceasedt Anne Hameliwho while living had married Jacques Jullien, bourgeois staying, in the city of Dieppe, Which to avoid obstacles and suit that could be between parties, they are content with the sum of 47 books instead of the half of 150 that would come back them if their sister died without child. Agreement of May 14, 1671, enter François Hamel and Jacques Jullien, Taballionnage of Dieppe.
More About Charles Hamel: Census: 1681, Côte St.Michel, Québec, Canada. Emigration: 1656, From Normandy to Canada during summer.3473, 3474, 3475, 3476, 3477 Fact 1: Event, year, place: Married, 1656, France.3478, 3479, 3480, 3481, 3482
More About Charles Hamel and Judith Auvray: Marriage: Abt. 1651, St-Aubin, Avremesnil,Rouen, Normandy, France \2 Gen Fam Hamel.3483, 3484
More About Charles Hamel and Catherine Lemaistre: Marriage 1: June 19, 1656, St. Jacques, de Dieppe, France \3 GenFam Hamel.3485 Marriage 2: June 19, 1656, Dieppe, Rouen, Normandie, France.3486 Marriage 3: June 19, 1658, ST.JACQUES, DIEPPE, ROUEN, NORMANDIE, FRANCE.3487